Report: Valley remains the poorest part of Texas

Perhaps unsurprisingly, 30.8 percent of Hidalgo County households received food stamps last year.

The Rio Grande Valley remains the poorest part of Texas, according to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed by the Texas Tribune.

About 35 percent of Cameron County residents and 34 percent of Hidalgo County residents live in poverty, according to 2014 American Community Survey data released on Wednesday.

For a family of four, the weighted average poverty threshold was $24,230 last year, according to the Census Bureau.

Children have a higher poverty rate than the general population.

“On the border, almost half of children live in poverty with the highest rate in the Brownsville area, where 48.8 percent of children are poor,” according to the Texas Tribune. “That TMs up from 45.2 percent in 2013.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, 30.8 percent of Hidalgo County households received food stamps last year. Only the Laredo metro area had a higher percentage.

Read the Texas Tribune story.

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